Study in Italy Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called “European Area of Higher Education” (Sorbonne Declaration, May 1998), thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as “Bologna Process” (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe. Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialized countries in the world. Alongside some big companies, both state-owned and private, it has developed a sound network of small and medium-sized undertakings, promoted a few scientific parks, and is incentivizing basic and applied research in a great variety of fields (Biology, ICT, Medicine, Physics, etc.).
- Italy has many oldest continually operating universities in the world. University of Bologna is believed to establish in 1088.
- Italy has 17 universities ranked among world top 500 in the latest ranking list compiled by Webometrics.
- Politechnic Di Milano and Politechnic Di Torino are one of the world’s finest technical universities and ranked 48 and 88 respectively for Engineering & Technology in the ranking list compiled by QS.
- Every year 40000 international students head for Italy to enjoy one of the most unique experiences international graduate education has to offer.
- Italian universities charge very minimal tuition fee from international students and offer master programmes exclusively taught in English.
- Italian Universities offer plenty of scholarships to students from India than any other country in the world.
- Italian Universities grant fee waivers, free housing at student residence, refectory meal tickets and additional money to cover living depending on the academic merits of the student.
- Italian universities have strong relationship with industry and the programmes are designed in collaboration with companies operating in the same sector.
- Italian Universities are student-eccentric than any other country in Europe and offers career service support to International student to find part-time job, internships and employment.
- The career service support at Italian Universities gives student the chance to meet company managers and to attend job fairs in which hundreds of companies take part.
- Many Italian universities exempt Indian students from attending IELTS/TOEFL.
- All International students are entitled to access the student services as Italian students. This also applied to student loans, scholarships and housing assistance.
- Almost every applicant succeed in getting visa provided that the submitted documents are authentic.
The Italian Higher Education System Italian higher education is structured in a binary system, consisting of two main articulations:
- The university sector.
- The non-university sector.
At present, the university sector is made up of 89 university institutions which are classified in:
- 58 State universities.
- 17 non-State universities (legally recognized by the State).
- 2 Universities for foreigners.
- 6 Higher schools specialized in postgraduate university studies.
- 6 Telemetric universities.
The non-university sector includes 4 education typologies with their institutions:
- Higher schools of design: polytechnics for the arts, academies of fine arts, higher institutes for applied arts, music conservatories and recognized music institutes, higher institutes for musical and choreographic studies, national academies.
- Higher education in language mediation: higher schools for language mediators.
- Higher integrated education (FIS): programmes of higher technical education & training (IFTS)
- A few specific fields (e.g. archiving, diploma tics, restoration, military studies, etc.) which, along withtheir respective institutions, fall under the supervision of ministries other than that of Education.